The grass is always greener on the other side. Before COVID-19, working from home was a privilege. Now it sometimes seems a chore.
With Singapore’s recent return to Phase 2 measures, work-from-home (WFH) arrangements have resumed and seem likely to stay. As this mode becomes the norm, questions of productivity and work-life balance are increasingly pertinent. Co-living spaces can fill the gap by offering advantages such as conducive living and working environments, and opportunities for much-needed social interaction outside the family.
Here’s why co-living makes sense in the post-COVID reality:
1. Recreating the office experience
No more children screaming in the background or parents barging into your room during your Zoom meetings.
We love our families, but the environment at home might not always be the most conducive for working and this can affect our mental health and productivity.
Fortunately, co-living service providers like CP Residences have you covered. Furnished with a spacious work desk, ample storage space, high-speed Wi-Fi and more, it promises a seamless WFH experience. If you need anything more – say, a chair or two, or a bigger desk – just ask and your wish is their command.
2. Stay at the heart of action
Life is mundane enough with WFH. Why not spice it up with some variety, be it in food or hangouts? With many CP co-living spaces being located in town centres, like CP Centrepoint or Loft @ Holland, you’ll be spoiled for choice. It helps that these addresses are a short stroll away from major shopping malls and MRT stations.
And if heading out for lunch sounds like a hassle, you can always order in from the plethora of cafes or restaurants nearby.
3. Household chores, sorted
The last thing you want to do after a hard day’s work is to drag the vacuum cleaner around or do your laundry. Co-living spaces often offer scheduled maintenance and cleaning services to ease the burden of working professionals. The peace of mind you get – not to mention the time freed up – is priceless.
4. Modern-day kampung spirit
Although eight in 10 Singaporeans prefer WFH, many miss interacting with their colleagues in the office.
Co-living offers the best of both worlds – a sense of privacy and ready access to a group of like-minded individuals. Friends are always just a door away.
Some, like CP Residences, also host networking events like food tours where residents get to interact. Fret not: All events adhere to government measures of the day.
5. Work and work out with friends
All work and no play make Jack a dull, um, worker. Exercise is important in maintaining good mental health and helps with de-stressing, which can boost productivity.
With the recent closure of gyms, home workouts are back in vogue. So gather a few of your co-living buddies and kick your fitness regimen up a notch. Exercising with friends is not only more fun, but can also enhance motivation and commitment. Lack any home exercise gear? Decathlon is just a stone’s throw from CP Centrepoint.